2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – Finland

Here is the roster for Finland for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


Juhamatti Aaltonen, Oulun Karpat (SM-liiga) (1st appearance)
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (1st appearance)
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild (1st appearance)
*Jarkko Immonen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 0A 0PIM)
Jussi Jokinen, Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd appearance – 8GP 1G 3A 2PIM)
Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets (4th appearance – 18 GP 11G 4A 4PIM)
Leo Komarov, HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL) (1st appearance)
Petri Kontiola, Traktor Chelyalinsk (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lauri Korpikoski, Phoenix Coyotes (1st appearance)
Jori Lehterä, HC Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) (1st appearance)
Antti Pihlström, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) (1st appearance)
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes (2nd appearance – 6GP 1G 0A 2PIM)
**Sakari Salminen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (1st appearance)
Teemu Selänne, Anaheim Ducks (6th appearance – 31GP 20G 17A 20PIM)


Juuso Hietanen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lasse Kukkonen, Ouklun Karpat (SM-liiga) (3rd appearance – 8GP 0G 1A 4PIM)
Sami Lepistö, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 1A 6PIM)
Olli Määttä, Pittsburgh Penguins (1st appearance)
Sami Salo, Tampa Bay Lightning (4th appearance – 16GP 2G 4A 4PIM)
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers (5th appearance – 24GP 3G 8A 8PIM)
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks (1st appearance)
Ossi Väänänen, Jokerit (SM-liiga) (2nd appearance – 2GP OG 1A 0PIM)


Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (1st appearance)
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (1st appearance)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (1st appearance)

*replaces Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning on the roster due to injury
**replaces Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild on the roster due to injury


New Division Names!!

Six divisions have now become four, as the NHL released the names of the new divisions, which will be in place starting from the 2013-14 season.

The Atlantic Division will consist of: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Metropolitan Division will consist of: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The Central Division will consist of: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The Pacific Division will consist of: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will make up the Eastern Conference, whilst the Central and Pacific will be the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus are moving to the East, and Winnipeg is moving West. The schedule makes sure that all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once in the regular season.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still be made up of 16 teams, but qualifying for the dance has been modified. The top three from each division will automatically qualify, and the final four spots will be made up of ‘wild card’ teams from both conferences, regardless of division, meaning it is possible for one division to send five teams, and the other only send three to the playoffs.

The playoff seedings will still be based on points earned in the regular season. The winner of the conference, who will be the division winner with the highest points,  will face the wild-card team with the fewest points. Second in the conference, and the other division winner, will face the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The four winners will advance on to play for a berth in the conference championship series, with the winner of the conference advancing to the Stanley Cup.


2013 NHL Entry Draft – By Team

Who did your team draft in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft? Find out by following the links below.


Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Winnipeg Jets


Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals

Arizona Coyotes

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Phoenix Coyotes

Here is a look at whom the Phoenix Coyotes drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 12 – Max Domi (C/LW) – Canada – London Knights (OHL)
2 – 39 – Laurent Dauphin (C) – Canada – Chicoutimi Saugeneens (QMJHL)
3 – 62 – Yan Pavel LaPlante (C) – Canada – Prince Edward Island Rockets (QMJHL)
5 – 133 – Connor Clifton (D) – United States – USA U-18 (USHL)
6 – 163 – Brendan Burke (G) – United States – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
7 – 193 – Jedd Soleway (C) – Canada – Penticton Vees (BCHL)

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Bad Hockey Media presents..

You know NBA Jam don’t you? Of course you do. Everyone loves NBA Jam. With it’s BOOM SHAKALAKA and it’s ‘You’re on fire!’. But what if, you want to play NBA Jam, but don’t like basketball? Maybe you’re a hockey fan? Imagine, NBA Jam, but on the ice.. Sounds awesome right? Well..

Released into arcades by Midway in November 1995, and ported to Playstation (1996) and Windows (1997), 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge brings all the fast paced action that NBA Jam provided, onto the ice, allowing for big checks, ridiculous shots and goal nets that catch fire.

26 teams consisting of 3 or 4 players to select from make up the rosters. However, with the Playstation and Windows versions, the Winnipeg Jets are replaced with the Phoenix Coyotes, as well as various roster moves that happened in between the arcade and console/PC versions, with commentary on all versions, albeit not the greatest commentary, from then Chicago Blackhawks announcer, Pat Foley. (who by the way is a secret character in the game, but more on that shortly)

This game is very fun to play. It’s not the best graphically, but this is more about the fun than the look, even though from the Playstation version I was using, I am positive I could see the likenesses of Mike Modano and Jaromir Jagr, just to name a few. Even in a single player experience, it’s extremely enjoyable, and even though the periods are only three minutes long, this is more than enough time, due to the sheer fast-paced nature. Defensive skills can be left at the door, as this is all about scoring more goals than your opponent.

The abundance of secret characters has continued from NBA Jam, however with a different mix. Gone are Bill Clinton and Al Gore, enter the creator of Mortal Kombat Ed Boon, and ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe. These, as well as many more secret players, can be accessed using the initial system used to keep records of previous matches.

Overall, 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge may not be the best and greatest hockey game in the marketplace, but it could very well be the most fun you and up to 3 of your friends will have with a hockey game. Now if only they made a 2013 version..


2013 NHL Draft Lottery Results

April 29 saw the 2013 NHL Draft Lottery take place, which would decide the draft order from 1 to 14 in the upcoming draft, decided by the 14 teams that did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This was the order of placing, and their odds going into the lottery.

Rank Team % of Winning Points
1 Florida Panthers 25.0 36
2 Colorado Avalanche 18.8 39
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 14.2 40
4 Nashville Predators 10.7 41
5 Carolina Hurricanes 8.1 42
6 Calgary Flames 6.2 42
7 Edmonton Oilers 4.7 45
8 Buffalo Sabres 3.6 48
9 New Jersey Devils 2.7 48
10 Dallas Stars 2.1 48
11 Philadelphia Flyers 1.5 49
12 Phoenix Coyotes 1.1 51
13 Winnipeg Jets 0.8 51
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 0.5 55

The lottery results however, showed a slightly different story. They showed that being the worst team in the NHL, doesn’t necessarily grant you the First Overall Pick, as the Colorado Avalanche move up from 2 to 1, at the expense of the Florida Panthers, who take the 2 spot. Otherwise, there was a status quo with all other positions, meaning the draft order for the first 14 picks in the draft at the moment, are as follows:

Rank Team
1 Colorado Avalanche
2 Florida Panthers
3 Tampa Bay Lightning
4 Nashville Predators
5 Carolina Hurricanes
6 Calgary Flames
7 Edmonton Oilers
8 Buffalo Sabres
9 New Jersey Devils
10 Dallas Stars
11 Philadelphia Flyers
12 Phoenix Coyotes
13 Winnipeg Jets
14 Columbus Blue Jackets

The 2013 NHL Draft will be held Sunday June 30.

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Bad Hockey Media Episode 1

The year is 1998. Before EA Sports bought the rights to everything and nobody could make any sports games. Acclaim tried their hand at a hockey game, to compete in the competitive hockey video game market. It’s poster boy was Phoenix Coyotes Captain, Keith Tkachuk. The game was NHL Breakaway ’98


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